Do you know what is in commercial laundry detergents and what effect they have on your health and the environment? Detergents in all forms – liquids, cakes or powders – are mistakenly accepted as safe, but more and more research is finding they are anything but safe for your health or our environment.
Making your own All Natural Laundry Powder is a breeze and you will know for sure what is in it. This is yet another way you can reduce toxins in the home and save money at the same time.
This is what is in my Homemade Laundry Powder:
Baking Soda – (Sodium Bicarbonate) helps remove stains and any odor. It is gentler on delicate fabrics than Borax.
Washing Soda – (Sodium Carbonate or Soda Ash) helps remove stains and grease as well as softening the water. It can even work as a fixative for some natural dyeing techniques.
Soap – (Plain Soap Bar like Sunlight) cleans
Citric Acid – helps break down grease and stains and is a natural bleaching agent, color brightener and water softener.
Borax – stain removal, and can also be used on whites as an alternative to bleach. (This can be left out if you prefer to go Borax free and more Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) added in its place) My Natural Homemade Laundry Powder Recipe:
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup plain soap grated or powdered
½ cup Borax
¼ cup Baking Soda
¼ cup citric Acid
1. First slice the bar of soap, using a sharp knife, into smaller pieces. Then put the soap pieces into the blender and blend on high to get it as close possible to powder form. If you haven’t got a blender, you can hand grate the soap as fine as you can. The finer the soap is ground or grated the easier it will dissolve during washing. I wash in cold water so this is quite important to me.
2. I then mix all the ingredients together and put them in an air tight jar or container ready for use.
3. I use a third of a cup of powder for a load of washing.
4. I often turn my washing machine off part way through the wash cycle for an hour or even ten hours, to let it soak before turning the machine back on to complete the wash cycle. This gives time for the cleaning ingredients to gently get in for a cleaner wash.
All Natural Fabric Softener:
I put 1/3 cup of vinegar in the last rinse cycle to act as a fabric softener. It also removes any soap residue that may still be in the fabric and makes sure the ph level has returned to a balanced level. My clothes don’t smell of vinegar because any vinegar smell doesn’t linger for more than a minute in clothes.
Have you ever used this recipe?
4 cups Lux Pure Soap Flakes
1 cup Methylated Spirits
1 cup Eucalyptus Oil
Combine and store in a jar.
My mother did and although it is a mix for washing woolens (and seemingly doesn’t need to be rinsed out after washing) she also used it in her washing machine for very dirty, greasy or oily clothes and it worked amazingly well.